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1:55 PM ET, March 29, 2019

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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Here's the Real Trump-Russia Hoax  —  It's Trump defenders and lefty Russiagate skeptics claiming there is no scandal.  —  There has been much crowing from Trumpsters on the right and Russiagate skeptics on the left about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Our President of the Perpetual Grievance  —  “The Russian hoax is finally dead,” President Trump declared on Thursday night, at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  “The collusion delusion is over.”  Trump, though, was not over it, and he was definitely not moving on.
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: After Barr Letter, Overwhelming Majority Wants Full Mueller Report Released  —  Days after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report, overwhelming majorities of Americans want the full report made public …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
‘Lock them up’?  Trump's attention turns to his enemies list  —  Analysis: At the president's first rally since the attorney general announced he wouldn't be prosecuted, Trump went on offense against Democrats, media.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump identified the enemies of his state Thursday night.
Just Security:
The Missing Piece of the Mueller Investigation  —  Gaming out the counterintelligence part of Mueller's probe  —  Americans are fiercely divided about one aspect of the Mueller investigation: the prospect that President Donald Trump committed a crime—such as conspiracy with Russians …
Discussion: Lawfare, National Review and MSNBC
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump may not be a Russian agent. He's just a Russian stooge.
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Even Congress Might Not Get the Full Mueller Report
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and Washington Post
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   Rush Limbaugh Rages at Bret Baier About Russia, the Media, Immigration: ‘We Are Being Invaded!’
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The blue state Trump thinks he can flip in 2020  —  President Donald Trump is muscling into a blue state where Democrats are reeling: Virginia.  —  With a tenuous grip on states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the president is looking for opportunities to expand his electoral playing field.
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Roll Call
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘Clearly an end-run’: Federal judge rejects Trump's health care plan to go around Obamacare  —  A federal judge in Washington ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration's push to make health insurance plans available outside the Affordable Care Act that avoid the requirements …
Lee Roupas / ilpba.org:
IPBA Statement on Jussie Smollett Case Dismissal  —  The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association serves as the voice for nearly 1,000 front line prosecutors across the State who work tirelessly towards the pursuit of justice.  The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State's Attorney's handling …
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Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:   NEW: State prosecutors' bar “condemns” Foxx's “misleading,” “Inaccurate,” “abnormal” handling of Smollett case
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Nominee For No. 3 At Justice Department Withdraws After Backlash From GOP Senators  —  President Trump's pick to serve as third in command at the Justice Department, overseeing health care and immigration cases, withdrew her name from consideration Thursday evening amid backlash …
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NBC News:
House Democrats increasingly troubled by Barr's plan for Mueller report
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:   Trump's pick for top DOJ job to withdraw over ties to abortion rights group
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Linda McMahon to resign as head of Small Business Administration  —  Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration, is planning to announce as soon as Friday that she's stepping down, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  McMahon is expected to rejoin the private sector.
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Inaccurate Claims on Mueller, Health Care and the Great Lakes  —  At a rally in Michigan, President Trump misstated the findings of the special counsel investigation, misleadingly promised to protect patients with pre-existing conditions and falsely described funding for a restoration program for the Great Lakes.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Exclusive: Key Trump health official spends millions on GOP-connected consultants  —  The Trump appointee who oversees Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare quietly directed millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts to Republican communications consultants during her tenure atop the agency …
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Restricting Gun Sales Cost Dick's $150 Million Last Year  —  Last February, when Dick's Sporting Goods boss Ed Stack announced he was restricting gun sales at the country's largest sports retailer, he knew it'd be costly.  —  At the time, Dick's was a major seller of firearms.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high  —  You can blame young people for this dry spell, data show  —  The share of U.S. adults reporting no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in 2018, underscoring a three-decade trend line marked by an aging population and higher numbers of unattached people.
Discussion: Althouse
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
YouTube's Product Chief on Online Radicalization and Algorithmic Rabbit Holes  —  Neal Mohan discusses the streaming site's recommendation engine, which has become a growing liability amid accusations that it steers users to increasingly extreme content.  —  It's been called …
Washington Post:
Trump's North American trade deal at risk of stalling in Congress  —  President Trump's effort to rework a major trade deal with Canada and Mexico is showing signs of faltering on Capitol Hill, straining under a variety of angry complaints from lawmakers of both parties who won't commit to backing the plan.
miamiherald:
Trump Tourism: How Charlottesville enabled Cindy Yang to market Mar-a-Lago in China  —  A group of newcomers dressed in black tie with leopard print accents — a dress code dubbed “safari chic” — joined Palm Beach high society at Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 26, 2018.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell inches closer to nuclear option  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday moved one step closer to changing the Senate rules to speed up the confirmation of most of President Donald Trump's nominees.  —  The procedural move inches McConnell closer to using the nuclear option.
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
McConnell moves to change Senate rules to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees
Discussion: Political Wire
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Private housing companies are forcing military families into silence if they want their problems addressed  —  Thom Tillis was angry.  —  During a March 7th Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, the Republican senator from North Carolina told each of the military service chiefs and secretaries …
New York Times:
The Taxman Is (Not) Coming After You  —  The federal government is ignoring the easy part of the solution to its fiscal problems — collecting billions of dollars in unpaid taxes.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.
Nic Rowan / Washington Free Beacon:
Holder: America Was Never Great  —  Former attorney general Eric Holder said that America has never been “great,” during a Wednesday night appearance on MSNBC's The Beat.  —  Holder's comment came in response to a question from host Ari Melber about how it was possible to call America a …
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air, IJR and twitchy.com
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Donald Trump's management style: He loves to put aides in their place  —  After 24 hours of brutal coverage of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' defense of scrapping funding for the Special Olympics, President Trump stepped in to claim he was saving a program his own budget had threatened.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Allison McCann / New York Times:
The Man Trying to Make Sense of Brexit Is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now  —  LONDON — By day, Jon Worth works as a communications consultant for European politicians.  By rest-of-his-day he makes Brexit flowcharts — 27 versions since January, to be exact.
Politico:
UK can't escape Irish backstop with no-deal Brexit  —  No deal is no escape from the Northern Ireland backstop.  —  The U.K. will face firm preconditions for any talks with the EU following a no-deal Brexit, European Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr told ambassadors at a meeting in Brussels today.
 
 
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Steele Dossier Set the Stage for a Mueller Letdown
Barrett Brown:
Why The Intercept Really Closed the Snowden Archive
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Clients of Trump-Tied Lobbying Firm Ballard Partners Keep Spending at Trump Properties
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Mick Mulvaney Gets His Ass Kicked In His Private Trivia League
Washington Post:
Stephen Moore, who once ran a political group fined $350,000, wants to take the Fed in a direction Trump supports
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Steve Bannon predicts Harris-Beto ticket has ‘best shot’ at beating Trump
Discussion: Axios, Shakesville and USA Today
The Daily Beast:
‘You Keep Telling Me That’: How Michael Flynn Kissed Up to Russia's Ambassador
Anna North / Vox:
Do male candidates get more coverage than women? It's complicated.
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump to welcome Egypt's al-Sisi to the White House
Bloomberg:
U.S. Readying Russia Sanctions for U.K. Poison Attack, Sources Say
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Fundraising Letter: We Could Shutter ‘Very Soon’
CNN:
New documents raise questions over State Dept. move to rescind honor for Trump critic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Bloomberg
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Chasten Buttigieg Is Winning the 2020 Spouse Primary
Discussion: Mercury News and Mashable
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In subpoena fight, Trump lawyer told Mueller: 'You want to do it, you've got yourself a war'
Discussion: The Byron York Show